A checkup and cleaning every six months is a way to stay proactive with your oral health. We can identify concerns in the early stages, and take action to safeguard your smile. In today’s blog, your Katy, TX, dentist talks about how we protect smiles of all ages with a checkup and cleaning appointment.
Why You Need Dental Checkups
Serious oral health issues don’t form overnight, and could take months to develop. With a checkup, we’re looking closely at your smile every six months. To make a diagnosis with accuracy and precision, we will take images with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras. Which means we can identify areas of concern in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort. Our team can then treat cavities before they become infections, or reverse gingivitis before gum disease develops. Our team will also watch for common concerns like TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding), so you avoid painful symptoms, damaged smiles, and other complications. These visits help anyone ages two and older, so be sure you attend your checkup twice a year!
The Value of a Simple Cleaning
Our team will take time to clean the teeth in the same sitting. A dental cleaning removes all plaque and tartar buildup, which brushing and flossing alone cannot do. By removing plaque with an ultrasonic scaling device and a manual tool, our team can help lower the risk of bad breath, teeth stains, and even tooth decay and gum disease. Once we remove the buildup, we will polish the teeth for a brighter appearance and a smoother surface, which helps limit plaque and tartar buildup until we can see you for the next visit.
Keeping Smiles Strong at Home
Our team can also discuss homecare habits that can protect smiles in between these office visits. For example, cutting back on sugar and starch to avoid feeding harmful oral bacteria, or avoid tobacco products. You should also take time to brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, and floss every evening before you brush for the second time. These actions remove trapped particles from the foods and drinks we’ve consumed, and lower the risk of cavities or periodontal concerns. With the right actions, we can help our smiles stay strong and beautiful for years to come!
If you Have any questions about the benefits of a checkup and cleaning, or if you would like to schedule your visit now, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Katy, TX, Dentist Keeps Your Smile Strong
We would love to help you and your loved ones maintain optimal oral health. For more information on our preventive treatment options, then call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at 832-437-3849 to schedule a visit.